Public Hearing on the EP Report on Concluding Observations of the UN Committee on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities
Published: 08 January 2016
The European Union (in short, EU) signed
The United Nations Convention is an important
with disabilities are respected.
The United Nations Committee on the Rights
of Persons with Disabilities (in short, the UN CRPD
This year, the CRPD Committee tried to find out
whether or not the EU was doing a good job.
They wanted to find out if the European Union included
In August, the CRPD Committee, disability organisations
The UN CRPD Committee published a document.
The document said the European Union did a lot
They still have more work to do.
The members of the European Parliament
will now read this document carefully and try
To do this, they are going to write a report about
The European Parliament will organise a meeting
with disability organisations and persons
This meeting is called a Public Hearing.
The Public Hearing will take place on 27 January
If you want to attend this Public Hearing,
The agenda is available in easy-to-read here.
The United Nations Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (UN CRPD) ensures that all persons with disabilities enjoy all human rights and fundamental freedoms.
The European Union (EU) has signed UN CRPD, and its efforts to implement the Convention have been reviewed by the United Nations Committee on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities last year.
The Committee has reviewed measures taken by the European Union (EU) to ensure that the rights of people with disabilities are considered in policies and other relevant legislative proposals. After this review, the UN Committee has published its Concluding Observations, stating that the European Union was systematically failing in certain areas and as a result, European measures were not good enough.
As a response to the United Nations review, the European Parliament (EP) is drafting a report on the implementation of the UN CRPD in the EU, with special regards to the Concluding Observations of the United Nations Committee on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities. MEP Helga Stevens, member of the Employment and Social Affairs Committee, is the rapporteur for this report while eight Committees of the European Parliament are drafting their opinions on this report in relation to their own spheres of competences. As part of the drafting process, Ms. Stevens and other Members of the European Parliament (MEPs) plan to arrange consultations with stakeholders, including close consultation with the disability movement.
On Wednesday 27 January, the European Parliament will hold a Public Hearing on the European Parliament’s report on the Concluding Observations. At this event, all MEPs present will interact with the audience in four rounds of debate. Representative organisations, such as Inclusion Europe and the European Disability Forum, will be present at the Public Hearing.
Such event is of great importance as Ms. Stevens and other MEPs will receive feedback from the audience and take it into account when writing the European Parliament’s report.
More importantly, Inclusion Europe has worked with the European Parliament to make this event more accessible for persons with intellectual disabilities, starting with an Easy - to - Read agenda.
You can find the agenda of the Public Hearing here as well as the Easy – to – Read version here.